Job Description

The Preschool Teacher serves in the Children’s Center Department, in the licensed preschool program.  Under the direction of the Child Center Director/Early Childhood Coordinator plans and implements curriculum designed to promote social, physical, spiritual, and intellectual growth for children ages 2-5 years of age experiencing homelessness or in transition.


To provide a classroom environment maintaining licensing compliance and promotes the health and safety of each individual child

  • Responsible for providing the care and safety of children ages 2-5 years enrolled in the San Diego Rescue Mission Children’s Center (SDRMCC)
  • Maintain the classroom space to ensure that it meets the safety of the children and licensing standards, including all essential cleaning duties for health and safety requirements
  • Use trauma-informed approaches throughout the preschool environment and all SDRM programs
  • Perform daily health checks to ensure that each child is able to participate in the program and the child is free from obvious signs of illness i.e. communicable diseases. Informs parent when a child is in need of medical care
  • Perform first aid to children in need of emergency care until parent or emergency response team arrives
  • Constantly supervise children indoors and outdoors to ensure safety
  • Knowledge and adherence to emergency procedures
  • Use a trauma-informed approach to ensure children are working to identify feelings: teachers are validating feelings and providing children with guidance on how to utilize coping mechanisms
  • Interact with the children with love, compassion, acceptance, and respect
  • Manage safe, effective, and trauma-informed Preschool environment throughout services
  • Follows both standard operational and program procedures and reports needed changes
  • Performs job safely, without endangering the health or safety of him/herself or others; respects and maintains all Rescue Mission guidelines and expectations

To implement developmentally appropriate curricula that addresses the needs of each individual child’s developmental level

  • As directed: plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum based on the individual child’s developmental needs. Ensure that the program curriculum is also in line with SDRMCC philosophy, vision, and mission
  • Plan and implement curriculum that meets the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual needs of each child
  • Assess children every three months using an assessment tool approved by the center Director to determine where each child is developmentally in order to intentionally plan curriculum
  • Effectively communicate with the Director, Assistant Director, parents, and children of the program

To provide administrative support and other documentation as needed

  • Prepares, distributes, and maintains variety of reports; ensures data collection for statistical analysis and program planning
  • Complete accident reports when a child is injured
  • Assists with maintaining licensing files for all enrolled children
  • Maintaining electronic child files i.e. completing documentation, observations, attendance records, parent volunteer hours and opportunities and any other documentation deemed necessary
  • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive Rescue Mission information, such as client, employee and/or donor data

To effectively supervise volunteers, interns and to promote professional growth

  • Assist with training and supervision of volunteers and intern staff in areas such as agency policy, department procedures, and agency or government regulations
  • Effectively supervise volunteers and interns under his/her supervision with children
  • Be willing to grow professionally by creating a professional growth plan that includes attending workshops, trainings, classes, and conferences
  • Collaborates with Child Center Director/Assistant Director regarding children behavioral or learning obstacles, and recommends methods of modifying challenging behaviors and encouraging learning experiences
  • Creates and attains individual goals (and departmental goals) in support of the Strategic Plan

To represent our Mission, Vision, and Values and continue to grow professionally and spiritually

  • Exemplify a Mission-wide perspective
  • Remain mindful of the organization’s Mission and Vision as a filter for all we do
  • Embody SDRM’s organizational values: Faith, Integrity, Compassion, and Excellence
  • Intentionally participate in spiritual disciplines and practices that continue to grow and expand your relationship with Christ
  • Attends all mandatory meetings and trainings (unless previously excused by supervisor)
  • Participate in regularly scheduled monthly staff meetings, required in-service, and other trainings (CPR FA/AED and Mental Health FA)
  • Preserves a supportive work environment by treating people with dignity, respect and compassion while resolving conflicts willingly with co-workers, clients, and community partners as necessary


Skills / Requirements

Education: Child Development Associate Degree, Child Development Master Teacher Permit or A current and valid Child Development Associate (CDA) credential with the appropriate age-level endorsement issued by the CDA National Credentialing Program of the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition; at least six months of on-the-job training and/or work experience in a licensed childcare center or comparable group childcare program. 16 hours of health and safety training. Bachelors preferred.

 Units must meet general requirements; courses that cover the general areas of child growth and development, or human growth and development; child, family and community, or child and family; and program/curriculum.

Experience: A minimum of 1 year experiencing serving children with special needs, at least 6 months of group care experience. Nonprofit experience preferred.

Skills and Abilities: Working knowledge of general business operations in a nonprofit, social services environment; working knowledge of the management process, especially as it applies to growth and long-term planning; analyze and evaluate budgets and other financial documents as it relates to area of assignment; working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook); typing (min 35 wpm); demonstrated leadership and organizational skills; strong relationship skills and ability to motivate others; coordinate and/or direct a variety of complex tasks and assignments simultaneously and successfully; exercise good judgment and make sensible decisions; attentive to detail; prioritize effectively; effective oral and written communication skills; eagerness to learn and be trained; work both independently and as part of a team; provide information to public by answering questions and requests; regular, timely attendance.

 Special License/Certification:  

Child Development Associate credential with the appropriate age-level endorsement issued by the CDA National Credentialing Program of the council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.  At least 6 months of on-the-job training and/or work experience in a licensed childcare center. 16 hours of health and safety training.

Or One of the following Child Development Permits issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

      -Child Development Teacher Permit; or

      -Child Development Master Teacher Permit.

 Travel/Transportation:  The incumbent must travel on a regular (or periodic) basis, as the job requires. The incumbent must have reliable transportation (public transportation may be acceptable depending on the purpose of travel).  If the incumbent receives authorization to use a Mission vehicle to perform duties, he or she must present a current California driver’s license and good driving record in order to be placed on the Mission’s insurance policy.


The incumbent has a shared office that is generally clean and comfortable.  It may include some minor annoyances such as noise, odors, drafts, etc.  The incumbent is in a non-confined office-type setting in which he or she is free to move about at will. The incumbent works in a residential setting, which consists of individuals who may have a mental or physical disability or illness.

  • Must work evenings, overnights, weekends, and/or holidays as needed


The incumbent may spend a majority of time sitting, speaking and listening.  He or she is expected to travel on a regular (or periodic) basis, as the job requires (see Qualifications above).  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  Please see below for further physical requirements.

  • Bending
  • Jumping
  • Pushing
  • Squatting
  • Carrying
  • Kneeling
  • Reaching
  • Twisting
  • Climbing
  • Lifting
  • Running
  • Walking
  • Crawling
  • Picking
  • Standing
  • Typing
  • Grasping
  • Pulling
  • Sitting
  • Lift minimum 30 pounds
  • Sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Operate office equipment such as, computer, printer, telephone and fax
  • Drive vehicles, trucks, forklifts and other equipment (current licenses required)
  • Walk on uneven ground
  • Work with bio-hazards such as blood borne pathogens, sewage, waste, etc.

Important Notes

This position is full time in Mission Academy, eligible for benefits, employer pays 85% of medical, also included employer paid life/ADD and disability plan, vacation, holidays and sick pay.  Dental and vision available at additional cost, voluntary benefits for life/ADD and a 401K retirement plan with employer match

All openings are subject to change without notice, due to the volume of applications/resumes received, we are unable to respond to status inquiries. Please be assured that your information is being properly handled and forwarded to the appropriate hiring staff. If your skills and qualifications meet the needs of the job, you will be contacted.